Camp is a wonderful opportunity for girls to learn independence, gain confidence, and grow in numerous ways. However, some girls may not be ready for camp, no matter their age. Before sending your daughter to camp, see if these statements are true about your daughter:
Just because you cannot confidently say “yes” to all of these statements does not mean that your daughter is not ready for camp! Many girls are gaining and improving on these skills during this stage of development. You can also work with your daughter on so many of these skills before she comes to camp. Have her spend the night away from home a few times before the summer. Make sure that she knows how to make her own bed and fix her own hair. Help her to try new and different foods so that she can better find things she may like this summer. Talk to her about speaking up if she has a problem and how to talk to her counselor about an issue.
Also, many girls are nervous about coming to camp before their first summer – this is normal and expected! However, take a gauge on your daughter to see if she is nervous (due to uncertainty about trying something new) as opposed to being angry and refusing to come to camp (signs that she is not ready).
If you have any questions about whether your daughter is ready for a summer at Greystone, please feel free to contact one of our Directors: Katie Miller Grant (Junior Camp Director: firstname.lastname@example.org) or Laura Hollowell (June, Main, and August Camp Director: email@example.com).